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Souper Bowl of Caring

"...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." - Matthew 25:35 This year MPC is participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring campaign. A national program started in a church in SC in 1990, it empowers youth and unites communities around the time of the Big Game to help those in need. Using the Big Game as a platform, churches, businesses, civic groups, schools, are all called on to participate and notify Souper Bowl of Caring of their results. The participants determine the action and the recipient. It can be a cash fundraiser, a service project, a food collection. We are collecting cans of soup and donating them to the Media Food Bank. Did you know? (From the website - FOOD INSECURITY IN THE U.S. [see ref. 5])

  • As of 2016, 41.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 28.3 million adults and 12.9 million children.

  • The majority of people who are food insecure do not live in poverty, and the majority of people who live in poverty are not food insecure. An estimated 58% of food-insecure individuals reside in households that earn more than 100% of the poverty line, and 61% of people living in poor households are in fact food secure.

  • An estimated 27% of individuals who are considered food insecure live in households that earn incomes above 185% of the poverty line, making them likely ineligible for most federal nutrition assistance programs.

  • 12 percent of households (15.6 million households) are estimated to be food insecure.

  • 5 percent of households (6.1 million households) experience very low food security.

  • Households with children report food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 17% compared to 11%.

  • Households that have higher rates of food insecurity than the national average include households with children (17%), especially households with children headed by single women (32%) or single men (22%), Black non-Hispanic households (23%) and Hispanic households (19%).

  • As of 2015, 5.4 million seniors (over age 60), or 8% of all seniors, are estimated to be food insecure. (ref. 6)

  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 3% in Grant County, KS to a high of 38% in Jefferson County, MS.(ref. 7)

In 2017 Souper Bowl of Caring reported a value of $10,141,972 in cash & food items collected, 6,529 groups participated, 932,978 food items were donated weighing 4,782,240 lbs., and 4,820 charities were helped. One day. One can. WE CAN. Make a difference on Sunday morning, February 4th. Bring a can of soup (or two) to service with you. Ask your friends to contribute a can at your big game celebration. Bring a can to “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (there will be receptacles available and labeled in Dale Hall). Shop as a family, share the topics of hunger and food insecurity. Pray for those that struggle. Join us in alleviating hunger in our immediate community. "If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be." - Deuteronomy 15: 7-8 Peace, Nikki References: 1) Semega, J.L., K.R. Fontenot, and M.A. Kollar. (2017). Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016.U.S. Census Bureau. 2) Renwick, T. & L. Fox (2017). The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2016. U.S. Census Bureau. 3) Ibid. 4) Feeding America,Hunger in America 2014, National Report. August 2014. 5) Coleman-Jensen, A., Rabbitt, M. P., Gregory, C., & Singh, A. (2017).Household Food Security in the United States in 2016.USDA ERS. 6) Ziliak, J.P. & Gundersen, C. (2017) The State of Senior Hunger in America 2015: An Annual Report, Supplement.Feeding America and The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH). 7) Gundersen, C., A. Dewey, A. Satoh, M. Kato & E. Engelhard. Map the Meal Gap 2017: Food Insecurity and Child Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2017. 8) Coleman-Jensen, A., Rabbitt, M. P., Gregory, C., & Singh, A. (2017).Household Food Security in the United States in 2016.USDA ERS.

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